Rendezvous with Rama
By Arthur C. Clarke
Spectra, 1990. 288pgs. Science Fiction
Just a few hundred years in the future, an enormous cylindrical object enters our solar system, making a beeline for the sun. As it’s the first proof of extraterrestrial intelligence ever encountered, Earth and its colonies nickname the mysterious vessel “Rama” and decide to send their nearest spacecraft to explore it. As the astronauts scramble to make a safe and scientific exploration of the vessel, they are racing against time as Rama hurtles ever closer to the sun.
Rendezvous with Rama is unique in its scope and execution for a science fiction novel. Instead of bizarre aliens, explosions, deep space, and ray guns, this book a small-scale, very realistic story of what would happen should an enormous alien vessel start passing through our solar system. Clarke’s language is simple but very descriptive as he takes you along on an incredible journey into an alien spaceship.